Work out Loud: A Blog a Day… Day 1: Review of Learning Impact Measurement Masterclass with Nigel Paine

Well here we are – its Monday and my commitment to a blog a day, as part of Work Out Loud initiative from Ozlearn, has commenced.

Now I am new to blogging so I have not yet mastered the art of links to twitter handles, tweets, other blogs and all that fancy stuff – so what you will get here is simple plain text with no disruptions.

Side Note: Honesty all those links in blogs do disrupt my reading and I find myself clicking on the links and losing reading continuity !

In my last blog I made passing mention to my attendance at Nigel Paine’s Learning Impact Measurement master class in Melbourne last Thursday 14 August.

I had the privilege, along with 10 others, to attend a day with Nigel – now if you know Nigel any day with Nigel is invigorating and exciting but a day on Learning Impact Measurement (to save my fingers lets call it LIM) is even better !

I did tweet extensively on the day under #elearnapac and @arkgroup so if you want to jump the que and get to the chase you can read those tweets or even better send me an email / DM and I will send you a link to the Storify.

There is a sports show in my part of the world where they summarise what were the three things you learnt from a particular game – to ensure that I abide by “Practicing What I Preach”, I will take the same approach with my review of Nigel’s session:

What did I learn:

1. Colin Powell’s 40/70 Rule: 40% of the Effort will yield you 70 % of your results – very useful in LIM because as you can’t evaluate everything you need to be “strategic” as to what you will evaluate to provide you the data you ned to capture for your reporting.

2. Roughly Reasonable Data : Used predominately in ROI studies, it is a useful approach to adopt when collecting and analysing data – we are not after perfect data collection (E.g. Interview every single manager who attended the Leadership Program) but a sample size that represents the cross section of the population (e.g. maybe a manager from each state and /or business unit) – this needs to be balanced with the time and resources you have at your disposal.

3. Need to move from Shaping to Framing : When communicating the outcomes of a LIM we need to ensure that the report is framed appropriately. You role is not to “shape” the LIM but to ensure that it is framed / presented in the right manner so as it makes sense and tells the story to the intended audience.

Nigel showcased the Total Value Add book by Kenneth Fee as a mandatory read for those moving into this space and I agree – it was a “milestone” book for me when embarking on my Evaluation journey  – I have also reviewed this book on Amazon.

Nigel finished by asking us all to take a RACI approach to LIM:





Google it to find out more – sounds interesting!

In conclusion, I can say that Nigel has mastered the art of “learner generated learning” as part of his presentation and he uses it effectively in his approach – something that I can learn and use in the future.

Thanks Nigel for an enlightening day, one full of interaction and sharing – and for allowing me to add to the conversation.

Till tomorrow for Day 2 of a Blog a Day – take care.


One thought on “Work out Loud: A Blog a Day… Day 1: Review of Learning Impact Measurement Masterclass with Nigel Paine

  1. pauldrasmussen says:


    It sounds like it was an interesting day, I particularly like the idea of not needing to have perfect data in order to make decisions and show value. It tends to be one of the reasons why tend to be more a fan of Brinkerhoff’s Success Case methodology than anything else particularly when it comes to being able to influence decision makers and show value add etc.


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